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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: Dec 1, 2003 12:02am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Lossless Archive / Dancing in the Streets: tape trading 1965 to 2003

It's true, today we really do have a divergence of "4a" (the idea of sharing) and "4b" (the idea of archiving) in an important way, because now we can reach to people who will never even know about the trading/archiving many of us participate in so deeply. But these people have the capacity for full enjoyment of music nonetheless. "One man gathers what another man spills."

For instance, I have a personal deeply felt example, my 80 year old father who is suffering from partial dementia. He is also essentially housebound and has limited entertainment options, but he does have a dialup computer, a love of music and a love of exploration (he was both a "stereobug" and an inventor in his day).

Even if he had broadband, because of his declining cognitive skills he is now incapable of jumping the various software hurdles we traders have become accustomed to. He does know how to visit a website and he does know how to play an mp3 on the computer. It's just a click these days. And he knows about the archive, he's been here to look at some texts.

In the olden days of even a couple years ago, it was inconceivable to think that such a reduced-capability person could easily dig the same live recordings we all do. This archive has put so much within easy reach. But there he is sitting at the door with his ear pressed to it, jams going on inside. Right now that's awesome and sad at the same time.

This post was modified by hamilton on 2003-12-01 08:02:59

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: Dec 1, 2003 3:17am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Lossless Archive / Dancing in the Streets: tape trading 1965 to 2003

A subthread elsewhere on the board ended up like being a child to this one, so here's a pointer to that:
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=10443